It’s that time of year again for getting your boxes of sensitive papers out of the closet to be shredded at a shredding event near you. Identity theft is on the rise, and although we can’t control the companies and organizations that store our personal information, we are able to control how we discard of our sensitive papers at home.
If you’ve been meaning to get some paper purging done to prepare for the next free community shredding event, here’s your chance if you live in the Montgomery or Prince George’s county area (Md). For Howard County, Md area residents, no announcements have been made yet for their Fall events, which are usually held in October.
This Saturday, September 10, local TV station, NBC4 and Allstate will be sponsoring a community event in the Largo, Maryland campus of the Prince Georges Community College in Lot B. Shred-it will be offering this free service, of which there is a limit of 5 boxes of sensitive paperwork. No electronic media, electronics and binders will be accepted at the shred day.
NBC 4 (Washington DC) adds, “To keep this event safe and secure, please do not bring batteries, flammables, combustibles, electronic equipment (hard drives), media materials (DVDs, CDs, tapes), binders, or hanging files.”
The NBC Community Shred takes place is from 8am-11am, and they ask that you arrive by 11am and remain in your car. For directions, visit the event page here on the NBC 4 Washington, DC website.
Silver Spring Shred Day:
For residents in Montgomery County, Montgomery County’s Division of Solid Waste is celebrating America Recycles Day by holding a Confidential Paper Shredding/Recycling & Clothing/Household Item Reuse Collection event at James Hubert Blake High School, in Silver Spring, Md.
This free community shredding event also takes place this Saturday, September 10, and is from 10am – 2pm. They ask that you stay in your vehicle and be in the drive-through by 2pm. See flyer for details here and on the website.
As you’ll see from the flyer, there will also be a donations truck from the National Children’s Center who will be accepting household items, furniture and clothing in good condition. Check the flyer for specific details on what’s accepted at both events.
I occasionally share events in my email newsletter. If you would like to keep abreast of shredding events, sign up for my newsletter here and receive a free Organizing Goals worksheet. Although I focus on the Maryland area, I will also note the shredding companies that are hosting a similar event nationwide.
Photo(s) credit: NBC4/Jacquie Ross